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Palestine Festival of literature

Palestine Festival of Literature at TPFF

September 23
Starting at 3:15 PM

Literary Event
Hala Alyan & Leila Abdelrazaq

To celebrate both TPFF and Palestine Festival of Literature turning 10 this year, we are proud to present: Palestine Festival of Literature at TPFF. The event will feature an exciting author talk with Hala Alyan, poet and author of Salt Houses and Leila Abdelrazaq, graphic novelist of Baddawi. The event will be moderated by Indu Vashist, Executive Director of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre.

Book signings to follow.

Visit the 4th floor for a free art exhibition of graphic novel works by Leila Abdelrazaq

Co-presented by: 
Palestine Festival of Literature
South Asian Visual Arts Centre
Another Story Bookshop
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Cleo Journal


Leila Abderazaq

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-born, Palestinian author and artist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards and has been translated into three languages. Her drawings and writing have been featured in outlets such as VICE News, Harper's, Hyperallergic, and The FADER, as well as in several printed anthologies. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. Leila has been involved in organizing around the Palestinian cause and integrates art making into her organizing work. She is currently a core member of For The People Artist's Collective. She is also the founder of Bigmouth Press & Comix.

Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet, novelist and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review.